Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. A funny, shrewd, no-bull family comedy about the relationship between mothers and teenage daughters that allows Curtis the comedian to remember her days as a slinky starlet while making use of her wisdom as the mother of an adolescent girl herself.
  2. Since her character wears no historical costumes and suffers from no debilitating ailment, it is likely that Ms. Curtis will be overlooked when Oscar season rolls around. This is a shame, since it is unlikely that any other actress this year will match the loose, energetic wit she brings to this delightful movie.
  3. Offers plenty of honest, good-natured laughs in the process. That's something young and old can appreciate equally.
  4. This is the first real family comedy I've seen in a long time: one honest enough to satisfy teens, wryly funny enough for adults and zany enough for little kids.
  5. The new "Freaky" plays the obvious gags in ways both surprising and imaginative.
  6. Turning ordinary life into movie magic is one of the most difficult, least-heralded challenges for any filmmaker. What makes Freaky Friday a charmer isn't how far-out things get for this mother and daughter, but how sweet and distinctly un-freaky a kid, her mom and their love for each other can be.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Screenwriters Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon have devised some lovely and hilarious variations on Rodgers’s irresistible premise.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    Genuinely clever switched-identities romp.
  9. Cheerful, energetic and on the money.
  10. Reviewed by: Jennifer Frey
    80
    Terrific at capturing what teenage behavior would look like on a grown-up.
  11. 80
    The premise provides a fine showcase for the two appealing actresses, who appropriate each other's vocal and physical mannerisms with dead-on accuracy.
  12. 75
    Body-switch plots are a license for adults to act like kids; probably nobody has had more fun at it than Tom Hanks did in "Big," but Curtis comes close.
  13. Deliciously acted and good-humored to its core, it's one of the summer's very best surprises.
  14. 75
    Disney's best comedy in years.
  15. This is Curtis' film. Looking a little like a combination of Carol Burnett and Annie Lennox, Curtis has this character down.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    It all adds up to belly laughs aplenty and a rollicking good time.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Freaky Friday version 2003 is a shinier, snappier animal, partly because young girls now dress like Avril Lavigne, and partly because Jamie Lee Curtis has her best role in years and knows it.
  18. A family-friendly remake funnier, fresher and more affecting than the flavorless original.
  19. 70
    Even though this is a light, cheerful picture about family relationships, it never feels overplayed -- its tone is bright without being garish. And it moves breezily.
  20. Freaky Friday gives Curtis the chance to go all goofy and showcase her gift for splayed physical comedy.
  21. 70
    Waters directing, from a perky script by Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon, is bouncy and assured enough to give a cheeky lilt to what otherwise might have been an earnest PSA for intergenerational peace, love and understanding.
  22. 70
    Freaky Friday mines a lot of laughs from common misapprehensions adults have about adolescent life, with fun bits of observation about schoolwork, dating, and other practices where kids have to bend the rules in order to survive.
  23. 67
    There’s enough intelligence and wit here to sustain your interest, especially when Curtis and Lohan are in peak form. They put the freak in this Freaky Friday.
  24. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    67
    Lohan has a fresh presence; in a world of pale blond princesses it's a relief to see a freckled redhead who looks like she eats occasionally. A pleasure, too, to watch a young actress accomplished enough to play not only a punky high schooler, but a punky high schooler with a middle-aged woman trapped insider her.
  25. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    63
    Some older movies are so terrific, so capable of touching new generations that they cry out to be updated and remade. The mildly entertaining Freaky Friday isn't one of them.
  26. The performances, of a higher order than the film's cheesy script and double-cheese direction, are the reasons to see the picture. A reason not to: the means by which parent and child trade bodies.
  27. 63
    Motion picture cotton candy - sweet while it lasts, easily disposed of, and insubstantial.
  28. The movie is directed by Mark Waters (responsible for the indie black comedy, "The House of Yes") and mostly, he's workmanlike, but smart enough to get out of the way of the nicely balanced two lead performances.
  29. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    60
    Harmon and Murray are cardboard cutouts of ideal boyfriends; the only male performer allowed to shine is newcomer Ryan Malgarini, who nearly steals every scene he's in.
  30. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    60
    Doesn’t offer any huge revelations about life, the universe and everything, but it’s not meant to. It’s meant to be a fun kid’s movie, and it’s a must see for mothers and daughters.
  31. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    Happily, Jamie Lee Curtis gurning through a guitar solo (she is Lady Spinal Tap, after all) while her floundering ‘mother’ mimes on stage is amusing.
  32. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    60
    The situation -- a mother-daughter mind-body switcheroo -- is as enduringly appealing as it is absurd, and the comedy flows therefrom.
  33. Freaky Friday commits a lot of sins; luckily, it has Curtis and a few others to cover them up.
  34. 50
    Post-personality switch, the picture does come to life somewhat but proves a one trick pony.
  35. 50
    There's so much EFFORT here to convince us of the switcheroo (already one of Hollywood's oldest ploys) that we soon weary of it.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Mar 17, 2014
    3
    i can not believe they make a remake of freaky friday . Jamie Lee Curtis was great but why would they make a remake ? . the orginal freaky friday was much better . and lohan's performance was awful Full Review »
  2. Dec 22, 2013
    8
    Esta pelicula me gusto mucho, tuvo comedia."Freaky Friday" es una buena pelicula de Disney, tiene una comedia hilarante y divertida, que es capaz de entretener al espectador. Full Review »
  3. Sep 29, 2013
    1
    The remake of Freaky Friday is terrible, crude, and contributes nothing extra to the movie everyone loved in '76. The casting of the two leads is a mistake, and the script is unfunny and uncomfortable. Watch the original, which is actually a good movie. Full Review »